Friday, June 21, 2013

What is a technology integration specialist?


The technology integration specialist is a teacher who has the ability to share tools with other teachers and students that can enhance learning opportunities in the classroom. The individual should be able to teach educators how to best use a tool in the classroom and provide ideas for ways in which the tool could be incorporated. Technology integrator's also need to make themselves visible and available to teachers. Many teachers still do not incorporate much technology with their students, because they are either intimidated by the technology, or they are lacking in training on how to best use the tool with the students. The technology integrator needs to take the initiative to put ideas out to the teachers either through word of mouth, emails, blogs, flyers, announcements ..etc. They have to market themselves to the teachers and hold many a lot of training to help show teachers what some of these tools can do. Sometimes a teacher may not use a tool, just because they don't know to use it either. 

Similarly, students need to be aware of what tools are available how need some guidance on how to use them If the technology integrator has the flexibility in their schedule, they should be able to hold classes for students to show them  tools that can enhance any assignment  A poem can be brought to life and deliver a deeper meaning using something like animoto. Or presentation can contain layers using something like prezi. A history presentation could incorporate a live interview or conversation through Ustream. A science project could be presented through video presentation like youtube or better yet, the new Ted Ed clubs. There are so many tools and possibility the technology integrator just needs to provide some ideas and training to students to help them hone their creativity. 

With the evolution of technology we are in a Renaissance period where anyone has the potential to "become the creator, producer, innovator  and collaborator." (Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner | MacArthur Foundation). The educational standards are changing to incorporate technology more and more. The "real" world uses these tools to collaborate, and present information. Students are expected to become critical thinkers, and be able to solve problems. To solve those problems they have a plethora of tools available that can reveal a solution in an innovative way. All teachers and students should find ways to incorporate any technology tool, more than just Microsoft Office Suite (Sorry Microsoft  there is more to creativity than word processing.) Obtaining those word processing skills are important, but obtaining other skills is just as significant. The technology integrator needs to be the link between teachers and students, to provide tools to change the traditional face of education. Textbooks, and chalk and talk type of education is not the only way tot learn. Students can and should learn by doing, creating, troubleshooting, problem solving, and having fun. 






7 comments:

  1. I agree with your statement about teachers not integrating because they are intimidated or lack the know-how to do so. I also think some teachers find it to be a burden. They look at it as "one more thing to do". That is why I think it is very important for technology specialists to show teachers like that how to use technology to solve problems they are having. That way they may gain a more positive insight into technology instead of looking at it as just something else for them to worry about.

    I also agree that teachers shouldn't think they are integrating technology just because their students type in Microsoft Word and make Power Points. I'm not saying that isn't a start to integration, but technology is so much more than that. That is why technology integration specialists are so vital to education today!

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  2. I agree with your statement about teachers not integrating because they are intimidated or lack the know-how to do so. I also think some teachers find it to be a burden. They look at it as "one more thing to do". That is why I think it is very important for technology specialists to show teachers like that how to use technology to solve problems they are having. That way they may gain a more positive insight into technology instead of looking at it as just something else for them to worry about.

    I also agree that teachers shouldn't think they are integrating technology just because their students type in Microsoft Word and make Power Points. I'm not saying that isn't a start to integration, but technology is so much more than that. That is why technology integration specialists are so vital to education today!

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  3. Great post, Mike! I love all the resources you threw in there...and Ted ED is awesome!

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    1. I use Ted and Ted Ed often with my students. They love it. I'm pretty excited for the Ted Ed Clubs. It will give students a chance to be the presenter.

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    2. I use Ted and Ted Ed often with my students. They love it. I'm pretty excited for the Ted Ed Clubs. It will give students a chance to be the presenter.

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  4. Also, fantastic video link...

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  5. I love using Animoto and prezi's. Animoto is so easy for students to use and Prezi's help keep my ADHD students a little more focused because of the movement. I have not heard of Ted Ed thank you for the resource!

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